Here at CircleFire our experienced team of fire safety professionals offer fire safety training, fire extinguisher training and fire extinguisher checks and maintenance to ensure that you, your employees and your business is prepared if there was a fire in your business premises.

However do you know the different types of fire extinguishers and which fire extinguisher is needed for each type of fire?

There are five main types of fire extinguishers, which make up 8 different fire extinguishers. As a business owner it is essential that you have the right types of fire extinguishers for your business premises to ensure that you meet current regulations.

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The types of fire extinguishers that you may need are as follows:

  • Water
  • Water Mist
  • Water Spray
  • Foam
  • Dry Powder - Standard
  • Dry Powder - Specialist
  • Carbon Dioxide (co2)
  • Wet Chemical

No one fire extinguisher will be able to put out all fires which is why it is essential that you have the right fire extinguishers for the types of fires that could take place in your business premises.

Practical Fire Extinguisher Training for employees provides experience of using firefighting equipment and raises awareness of which types of extinguishers are available in their workplace.

Fires fall into six classes, known as Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D, Electrical and Class F.

A Class A fire is made of combustible materials and could be caused by flammable solids like wood, fabric and / or paper. This fire can be dealt with using a water, foam, dry powder or wet chemical fire extinguisher.

A Class B Fire is flammable liquids and will be caused by turpentine, paint and / or petrol. This fire can be resolved with the use of a foam, dry powder of co2 fire extinguisher.

A Class C fire is flammable gases and this sort of fire would be caused by hydrogen, butane and / or methane. You can reduce this fire by using a dry powder fire extinguisher only.

A Class D fire is made of combustible metals including chemicals such as magnesium, aluminium and / or potassium. This type of fire can be dealt with using only a dry powder fire extinguisher.

An Electrical fire would be caused by electrical equipment, but once the electrical item has been removed the class of the fire will change. You would need a dry powder or co2 fire extinguisher for this class of fire.

A Class F fire is typically due to cooking oils and will often be a chip pan fire; only a wet chemical fire extinguisher will be able to resolve this class of fire.

If you are concerned you do not have the right fire extinguishers in your office for the classes of fire that may occur then please feel free to call our friendly and helpful team; we will be able to help you make sure that your business and employees are safe in case of a fire.